What happens when you bake a few cupcakes?
Adie's Sweet Shop story began as Local Initiative was still in the dream stages. Our 6 year old daughter Adalyn (everyone calls her Adie) would hear us talking about what we are doing and hear us talk about the needs of others. For about two weeks in July she kept asking questions and talking about the homeless. She wanted to know more! She knew that we had taken our son Josiah with to help on the streets on the past. In Nashville people within the homeless community often are employed and stand at major intersections and sell $2 newspapers. We always stop and give them whatever we have on us. That was her extent of seeing homelessness. Fast forward to the end of those two weeks of questions and conversations to a little girl uncontrollably crying herself to sleep. Justin & I tried consoling her and telling her of all the amazing people and organizations that are already doing so much. That worked for about a minute before the waterfall of tears began again. This went on for quite some time and then I realized that she would not go to sleep unless she had a resolve. Adie LOVES to bake so we decided that I would post on FB that we would take $1/cupcake donation and from that we could pass out water and a protein bar in a brown bag to about 100 people. The photo below and a little FB post on a Wednesday night generated about 5 orders in an hour and by the next day we had 23 orders or pledged donations to help this little girl fill the void in her heart.
We Got Baking!
Naturally, we always keep baking supplies on hand and the next morning I told her we needed to make some cupcakes because people wanted to help her. She was SO excited! Orders kept flooding in and our chalkboard wall kept filling up with orders! We just kept baking and baking and baking and then the bags kept growing as to what we were able to put in them!
What happened next?
We already knew of an amazing organization called Beautiful Eyes Ministry. They have been going to the Veteran's War Memorial every Tuesday for the past 3 years to feed and provide necessities to the Nashville Homeless Community. So, I contacted the founder of Beautiful Eyes, Angela Sims and told her what we're doing and to expect us Tuesday night!
Word started to spread quickly and our good friend Brad surprised Adie with her own cupcake logo on Friday night! He also tipped off News Channel 5 in Nashville. Saturday morning at 8:30 I was talking to reporter Jonquil Newland...11am she was at our house filming a spot on our, ever so quiet in public, Adie. The spot aired that evening twice and again on Sunday morning. Click on the sweet little face below to watch! Donations came in from around the county because of this and Adie was able to give so much more.
We gathered supplies and started packing
Adie was able to raise a total of $652 in just a few days and that was our budget. We decided to pack 100 essential bags to hand out. I contacted some of our businesses and told them her story and Kroger Marketplace graciously donated 100 reusable bags, Costco gave cases of water, Publix gave TONS of bandaids along with other necessities and TriStar ER gave 1st aid packs for everyone! That Sunday morning I also got an email from a wonderful woman who saw the news spot air. She donated quantities of 100 for over a dozen items! We really wanted to make sure Adie's friends were invited to help be a part of this so a few of them came over Monday night to pack 100 bags. We had a blast and made paths through our living room!
We packed the van and headed to Nashville!
A HUGE thank you to our church, Southview Church, for lending us their van to transport everything! Even the tiniest of little people wanted to help pack this van full to the brim.
Handing out the bags
The evening was hot, sticky and perfect! Everyone was so kind, loving and grateful the entire evening. After everyone got their hot meal they were directed towards us and we gave them each a bag that we had filled up. Everyone was so eager to meet Adie and say thank you. We were so blessed as a family to be a part of something much bigger than us. As we sat down we met so many people needing kindness and all kinds of walls were torn down...there was no class status, age, race, judgement, anger, fear or hate...just unconditional love. After we handed out the bags Beautiful Eyes brought out bins and bins of survival needs. We sat on the ground handing out bandaids, toiletries, socks and anything else that was there. We helped them fill their bags with more necessities they were in need of. It was so great to see our kids holding flashlights and searching through a bin of travel size toiletries to find the perfect shampoo or lotion. When we think about helping others, figuring out where to start can seem overwhelming. It can be just as simple as sitting down to listen to someone's story and letting them know that someone is listening.
All of this happened so fast and we thought she would be satisfied that she did something. We could not have been more wrong! Adie's Sweet Shop has raised over $1,700 in less than a month! We are ready to go out again and this time we are bringing backpacks, tents, suitcases, shoes, socks, underwear, clothing, food and another 100 filled bags. We are so grateful for everyone's support of sweet little Adie. She now says that she works for the homeless and that this is what she is going to do when she grows up. She dreams of opening up an Adie's Sweet Shop and anyone who is homeless can come in and get whatever they want for free! You and I can learn so much from this sweet little 6 year old. She counted up the times she cried and told us that the last time she cried it was happy tears and was so thankful that others were able to get things they needed. I hope you find inspiration and encouragement through the eyes of a 6 year old girl. We would love for you to stay up to date and follow Adie's journey. Click on Adie's Sweet Shop logo below to go to her Facebook page.
Nichole (adie's mom)
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